Arzler Alm

Innsbruck

Nordkette

Possibly the most popular hike in Innsbruck and for good reason - this is a lovely little trip.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
3.6 km
Ascent
260 m
Descent
260 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
863 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
10˚
Arzler Alm Map

This is a true classic of Innsbruck and takes you to one of the most celebrated mountain huts in the region - the Arzler Alm. The hut can be reached by following a good jeep track (check out our "Arzler and Umbruggler Alms Loop" bike route for directions) or by taking this slightly tougher but much more enjoyable hiking trail.

Description

Start at the Hungerburg cable car station to the north of Innsbruck. This can be reached by car, bus, train or foot and enjoys a fabulous view over Innsbruck city. Climb up through the lovely suburbs of Hungerburg village and cross over a jeep track to reach the foot of the trail proper.

Climb the trail (which is initially slightly rocky and fairly steep but quickly mellows and becomes easier) as it winds up through lovely, peaceful forests. The hiking is somewhat steep in places but the trip is short enough that, given a few pauses for breath, hikers of virtually all abilities will be able to do it.

The hut in invisible until you are about to arrive, and it's a lovely surprise to see the hut just above you when you emerge from the forest. The hut offers great food and drink, and there's a petting zoo too for the kids (and adults)!

It's perfectly possible to descend back to Hungerburg via the ascent route or the aforementioned jeep track, but the nicest way to descend is to do the loop drawn here.

Climb west away from the Arzler Alm up a jeep track and then, when this meets another track, turn left and begin descending into a denser forest. Keep going down towards Hungerburg and, shortly before reaching the station you'll end up underneath the cable car's cables. Stroll down to Hungerburg and back down to Innsbruck.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly

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